Site Host: Peter Elbling
Occupation: writer/actor/director/songwriter
Years in Training: 45
Age: 23

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Hairdresser: Sue Putnam
Dentist: Prefers to remain incognito
Marital Status: See Photographer



This raucous faux memoir of sixteenth-century food taster Ugo DiFonte was actually penned by Peter Elbling. Elbling, fronting for the hapless peasant pressed into service by a reviled duke, records the misadventures of a man victimized by time and circumstance. After being appointed by Duke Federico to be his official food taster, Ugo and his beautiful daughter, Miranda, are forced to move into the palace where they confront danger and intrigue on a daily basis. Keeping himself alive and keeping beguiling nubile Miranda out of the clutches of a succession of lechers become his only priorities. Developing a keen sense of self-preservation, he manages to extricate himself from one breathtaking escapade after the other before exacting his own ironic brand of revenge. Loaded with humor and laced with fascinating period detail, this hilarious Renaissance romp also doubles as an enlightening microcosm of sixteenth century society and customs. - Margaret Flanagan

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Peter's Reel

September 2022

Hello, hello, hello.

This is the 20th anniversary of the publication of The Food Taster and I’m proud to announce that I have partnered with ForAuthors who are promoting this celebration. (see the blurb on the left.) If you’ve never read it, I highly recommend it. (I’d be a fool if I didn’t.) As for new writing, I’m working on a novel called, The Late Spring of Mme. Broussard.

After what seems an eternity, I’ve had great fun getting in front of an audience again. This timetelling stories at venues around Los Angeles.

I still send out music every week and I receive more and more suggestions from listeners, which delights me. I must admit I haven’t made a great deal of progress on the electric piano but that hasn’t stopped me from creating melodies. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve found it much harder to write lyrics to an existing melody as opposed to the other way around. However, when not constrained by the lyrics, the melodies are much more interesting.

One act of kindness is always worth two
For the magic of kindness will lift you up, too.

I am glad to be represented by Jeff Wolfman at the Fred Price Talent Agency..
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